R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Enrique Miralles Darmanin - Antes de la Función (Before the Performance) (1884)

Today I would like to share 'Before the Performance' by Spanish painter Enrique Miralles Darmanin. As someone who likes to dance, I identify with Darmanin’s subject, who is seen here quietly preparing for his coming show. Before he takes the stage to entertain his audience, there is only him alone in a dingy backroom surrounded by his musical instruments, playing cards, and various personal possessions—a sobering portrait behind the scenes. He doesn’t have a table to organize his items, not does he possess a proper stool, as his own drum must suffice for seating. So much for glamour, but his disposition here reflects that of a humble professional. I love the toned definition of his arm, and he really looks like a hard-working individual. I’m also intrigued by our subject’s body language, as Darmanin depicts him slightly turned away from us so that we are looking over his shoulder, providing a candid aspect to this sensitive scene.
Tags: art for the month of june
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